EU acts to stop cross-border traffic offences impunity

One of the conclusions of the Transport Council meeting held in Brussels on 2 December regarding road safety, considers that controls and sanctions for breaches of road traffic rules should be enhanced, as they remain one of the most effective means to reduce the number of accidents and victims on the roads. For that reason, the Council has agreed on a text which targets cross-border traffic offences with a critical impact on road safety.

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Good results for Frontex Rapid Border Intervention Teams deployment in Greece

According to operational data gathered during the deployment of the Rapid Border Intervention Teams (RABIT), Frontex estimates that at the end of November 2010 there has been an overall decrease of 43,7% in the number of irregular migrants intercepted  at the Greek-Turkish land border. These figures show a positive result of the first deployment of RABIT Teams since the creation of Frontex.

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One more step towards comprehensive asylum policy with first EASO management board meeting

The European Asylum Support Office (EASO) held its first management board meeting in Valletta (Malta) and selected Mr Rob Visser as its Executive Director, who will now be invited to appear before the competent Committee of the European Parliament. With the operational launch of this new agency, the EU makes further progress towards a more comprehensive Common European Asylum System.

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Council reaches a political agreement on rules against trafficking of human beings

Negotiators of the European Parliament, the Council and the Commission reached on 24 November a political consensus on the text of the Directive on preventing and combating trafficking in human beings and protection of victims. This legal provision constitutes the first agreement between the Council and the European Parliament on an equal footing in the area of substantive criminal law after the entry into force of the Lisbon Treaty.

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EU and US renewed cooperation on trade, climate and security

Leaders from the European Union and the United States meeting in Lisbon on 20 November reaffirmed their close partnership in the main areas of joint collaboration which can be a resource to face shared upcoming challenges. Common values and political experience as well as a deep economic interdependence are the base for cooperation in the main areas addressed during the Summit.

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Commission presents EU Internal Security Strategy setting a broad common agenda

The European Commission adopted on 22 November the “EU Internal Security Strategy in Action” which includes a series of 41 actions grouped under 5 strategic objectives aiming to disrupt criminal and terrorist networks, protect citizens businesses and societies, as well as increasing security awareness and improve crisis management and readiness. With the Lisbon Treaty as a new legal framework, the Internal Security Strategy in Action should become the shared agenda for the EU over the next four years.

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Commission makes final call for full implementation of 116 000 hotline for missing children

14 Member States still lack to activate the missing children hotline 116 000 which offers help, support and a potential lifeline for missing children and their parents. This fact has been highlighted by the European Commission in the occasion of the celebration of the Expert Conference “Vulnerable Children on the Run, A European Challenge” hosted by Belgian Presidency.

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Commission proposes a new mechanism to control Schengen acquis application

A year after two previous texts, the European Commission has adopted a new proposal seeking to strengthen the mechanism for the assessment of the correct application of standards part of the Schengen acquis. This mechanism aims to control the remaining obstacles verifying the elimination of controls at internal borders and to do more effective checks within national territory.

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Regulation on the investigation and prevention of civil aviation accidents published

The Official Journal of the European Union published on 12 November 2010 Regulation (EU) Nº 996/2010 of 20 October 2010, on the investigation and prevention of accidents and incidents in civil aviation. This Regulation, which repeals Directive 94/56/EC, will enter into force twenty days after its publication taking full and immediate effect on that date.

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Citizens from Albania and Bosnia and Herzegovina will enjoy visa liberalisation

Justice and Home Affairs Council meeting in Brussels on 8 November 2010 gave its unanimous vote on visa liberalisation for Albania and Bosnia and Herzegovina. This decision, which amends regulation Nº 539/2001, will grant citizens of Albania and Bosnia and Herzegovina possessing biometric passports the right to travel to and throughout the Schengen area without a visa.

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EC will continue efforts to achieve full visa recognition with USA and Canada

The European Commission has adopted its sixth report on certain third countries' maintenance of visa requirements in breach of the principle of reciprocity. The report shows that although progress towards full reciprocity has been achieved, there still a few cases in which "non-reciprocity" remains, as it is the case for Canada and the United States where there are certain visa requirements concerning citizens from some Member states.

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The EU tests its defences in a massive ciber-attack security exercise

On 4 November 2010 EU security experts tried to counter simulated attempts by hackers to paralyse critical online services in several EU Member States. This security drill called "Cyber Europe 2010" will be followed by more complex scenarios ultimately going from European to global level.

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